Bios

Palestinian Jerusalemites have made myriad and diverse contributions to their city’s history and community fabric. Here we profile some of those people—past and present; famous and obscure—whose lives and work and stories have helped shape the larger Jerusalem Story over time.

Find alphabetically by first letter of last name

Anastasia (Asia) Halaby

A Palestinian Russian woman who worked for the British and Jordanian authorities, demanded political change, and established workshops for destitute women

Sophie Halaby

A pioneering artist of landscape watercolors whose life spanned most of the 20th century and whose work explored “the vision of Jerusalem”

Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout

A Palestinian historian and researcher who vividly documented the atrocities of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982

Hatem Ishaq Husseini

A professor of Islamic literature who returned to his birthplace, Jerusalem, after 25 years of exile to serve as the first president of Al-Quds University

The West Side Story Hind Taher al-Husseini

A formidable figure who dedicated her life to the care of orphans, education of girls and women, preservation of Palestinian culture, and social service

Jumana El Husseini

A Jerusalem artist in exile whose predominant themes revolved around depicting the city of her birth

Salim al-Husseini

Mayor of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century who paved the streets and built the city’s public sewage system

Wasif Jawhariyyeh

A musician and diarist who created an invaluable account of life in Jerusalem from the late Ottoman to the British Mandate periods

Bandali al-Jawzi

A Palestinian scholar, historian, professor, and linguist who made significant contributions and prolific translations into Arabic and articulated and reformulated Islamic principles in a revolutionary manner

Nazmi Jubeh

A historian, archeologist, and expert on Palestinian cultural heritage and its preservation, with special expertise on Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron

Hussein al-Khalidi

A physician and politician from Jerusalem who played a central role in the Palestinian nationalist movement and left a copious record of it all.

Yusuf Diya’ al-Khalidi

A prominent Ottoman politician who served as mayor of Jerusalem and Jerusalem representative and was a prolific writer, talented linguist, and scholar